A message from your executive director…

Ellen Collins
Ellen Collins
Executive Director
Mississippi Alliance of
Nonprofits and Philanthropy

As we step into the new year, I’m thrilled to welcome you to the January edition of The Ally. 

This marks a time of fresh beginnings and a renewed commitment to our mission: to serve, build capacity, and foster collaboration among and between Mississippi’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities.  I urge each of us to approach this month and the year with an unwavering commitment to uplift and empower those we serve.

As we embark on this new year, it’s essential to reflect on the impact we have as advocates for our organizations, families and communities.  As the National Council of Nonprofits states in its publication, Nonprofit Impact Matters, advocacy is simply promoting your nonprofit’s mission through engagement with others.  Whether it involves raising awareness on issues you care about, sharing data about the impact of your work, or recruiting volunteers through community listening sessions, you are acting as an advocate for your organization or a critical community need.  Together we can be powerful advocates, creating positive ripples that touch all those around us.  Your advocacy matters, and collectively, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals and families in our state.

I implore you to dive into the latest updates, stories, and opportunities that connect us in our work. Reach out and let us know how we can better support you in your efforts and missions as well. We are your state association. We exist to support, inform and amplify your successes as well as your needs.  If you are receiving this newsletter and are not a member of the Alliance, consider joining us.  By becoming a member, you will connect with other mission-based organizations, working together and sharing innovative ideas to strengthen and improve the lives of the people and communities of Mississippi.  Together, we make a difference.

With gratitude,


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